Roberto Aizenberg, 1976
22 August 1922|
Federal, Entre Ríos, Argentina
|Died||16 February 1996
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Training||Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires;
Juan Batlle Planas
Aizenberg was the son of an immigrant Russian Jew who settled in the Jewish colonies of Entre Ríos Province, in the town of Federal Villa, now called Federal. When he was eight years old, his family moved to La Paternal, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires. He completed his secondary education at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires.
His first solo exhibition, in 1958, was at the Galeria Galatea. It was followed by six other solo exhibitions before the 1969 Torcuato di Tella Institute major retrospective of his work which included collages, sculptures, 50 paintings, and 200 drawings.2 His work was included in numerous group exhibitions, including the 1963 São Paulo Bienal. His first European exhibit was in 1972 at London's Hanover Gallery.2 The following year, he exhibited at Gimpel and Hanover Gallery in Zürich, Switzerland. In 1982, his work was exhibited at Milan's Naviglio Gallery.
During the period 1985–1986 and again in 1993, he taught painting at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte. In 1986, he held a seminar on the Jewish Communth.
According to the painter Giorgio de Chirico, Aizenberg admired architecture and the idea of its construction, especially the architecture of the Renaissance. His work is permanently influenced by this fascination.3 His work shows isolated towers, empty towns, mysterious and uninhabited buildings, and rare polyhedral constructions.
He used slow drying oils to perfect his finishes.
Aizenberg criticized the use of models in teaching art. For him, the model involved a "completely rigid, anachronistic, totalitarian, in the sense of dependence on the artist to model, to the authority of the model, in the teaching of art." He felt that the model was the opposite of free expression, arguing that the essence of modern art was the absence of a model to copy or an external reality that should be imitated.
He was influenced by Juan Battle Planas, an unclassifiable artist who emphasized the importance of surrealism and psychoanalysis.
His work hangs at Fortabat Art Collection Museum.
Aizenberg married the journalist and writer Matilde Herrera (1931–1990) of the weekly Primera Plana. Her three children from a prior marriage, Valeria, José and Martín Beláustegui, lived with them. After the military coup occurred that led to the dictatorship known as the National Reorganization Process in 1976 and 1977, the three children and their spouses were kidnapped. Herrera's daughter and one of the daughter-in-laws were pregnant. All remain missing.45
In forced exile, Aizenberg moved to Paris in 1977, and in 1981, to Tarquinia, Italy.2 He returned to Argentina three years later and died in Buenos Aires in 1996 while preparing a retrospective of his work at the National Museum of Fine Arts.
- Automóvil Club Argentino
- Acquarone Prize, 19622
- First prize, painting, Instituto de Tella, 1963
- Cassandra Foundation Prize, Chicago, 19706
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